March is a pretty important month for a few different reasons. Later in the month, we’ll celebrate the official start to Spring, which I’m sure will be a welcome change for all of us – whether the warmer weather comes with it or not.
For sports fans, March is important because of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, better known colloquially as March Madness, due to the huge amount of games happening mostly in the month of March. Somewhat related – March is also the most popular month for vasectomies, since that particular operation requires the patient to rest for a couple of days, icing the family jewels – perfect for laying on the couch and watching basketball. In fact, some vasectomy clinics have gone so far in the past as to include a coupon for a free pizza with any vasectomy so you have even more of an excuse to stay on the couch.
Anyway, back to March Madness… You may remember seeing the finish to last tournament, because it was really quite memorable. How often do you see a national championship won on a single shot? That was the case when Villanova University’s Kris Jenkins sank a three-pointed with the game clock winding down to the buzzer to clinch the championship for the Wildcats.
Man, what a finish. That game was also notable because Michael Jordan was in attendance, cheering on his alma mater, the University of North Carolina. It also led to a resurgence of the popular Crying Michael Jordan meme:
Now March Madness doesn’t actually start for another week and a half or so, but in the leadup to that, an unlikely hero emerged at a game this week between Boise State and Fresno State.
With a little more than 4 minutes to go in the first quarter, a shot got blocked defensively, and the ball went up and over the backboard. That’s not all that unusual, but what happened next was – the ball got stuck. Check out what happened:
— Fresno State MBB (@FresnoStateMBB) March 1, 2017
As you can see, the players struggle for a bit trying to dislodge the ball, using broom handles and other balls. Eventually, someone from the crowd decided “This is a job for my 10-year-old (or thereabouts) son!” As you can see, this guy held his kid up so he could grab onto the backboard support, pull himself up, and get the ball down. He then climbed down into his dad’s arms and the crowd went wild… But the best part is this kid’s stone-faced stare until the Boise State mascot came up and gave him a big bear hug from behind.
Whether anybody remembers that a year down the road, who knows? At the very least, that kid’s got a story to tell for life… And maybe a lead on a scholarship when he’s ready for college.